Evidence for the Resurrection, part 2

Please join us next week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 4 of the History Module.

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“Evidence for the Resurrection, part 2”
John Murphy

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 4.114 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

Last month, in part 1, we looked at the ancient texts which documented the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This month in part 2, we will look at the evidence which persuades many that those ancient sources were accurate in what they reported.

Archaeological evidence for the Bible, part 2

Please join us this coming week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 4 of the History Module.

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“Archaeological evidence for the Bible, part 2”
Dan Britton

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 4.114 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

In this session, Dan will continue the discussion from part 1 of significant biblical archaeological finds. These include the Assyrian Lachish Reliefs, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Pool of Siloam, a discussion of the culture and customs of the Essenes followed by the Dead Sea Scrolls. He will finish with two New Testament artifacts, the Galilean Boat and the Crucified Man.

Archaeological evidence for the Bible, part 1

Please join us this coming week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 3 of the History Module.

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“Archaeological evidence for the Bible, part 1”
Dan Britton

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 4.114 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

Biblical Archaeology is the “show me” of Christian apologetics. After a brief introduction of the discipline of archaeology, we will examine key archaeological finds of the Old and New Testaments. For each find, we will present the significance of it, key attributes including discovery, location and type, and how scripture is confirmed by the find.

In this session, Dan will introduce the topic of archaeology and more specifically, biblical archaeology. Following the introduction, he will share three significant finds: the House of David Inscription, the Moabite Stone, and the City of Jericho. As with all of the finds, he will show how these specific archaeology finds confirm information found in the Bible.

The Case for Christ

Please join us next week at Defending Christianity for a mid-term movie evening. We will be following up John Murphy’s presentation on the historical evidence for the Resurrection by watching the first half of the documentary based on Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ.

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Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ
DVD viewing

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship

Room 4.114 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

“Lee Strobel’s blockbuster bestseller comes alive on your screen in this documentary that chronicles the reporter’s journey from atheism to faith. The former legal editor of The Chicago Tribune draws upon his investigative skills to examine the historical viability and accuracy of the Gospels, along with the personal claims and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Evidence for the Resurrection, part 1

Please join us next week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 1 of the History Module.

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“Evidence for the Resurrection, part 1”
John Murphy

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 4.114 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

In this lecture, I will focus on the ancient sources which document that Jesus of Nazareth lived, was crucified, and most importantly, then seen again alive in what has become known as the Resurrection. I will focus on the early texts from Christian, Jewish, and Roman sources, which were written within the first century following Jesus’ crucifixion.

Slides and notes for this presentation will be made available after part 2 is presented.

The cultural big bang

Please join us this coming week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 4 of the Philosophy Module.

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“The cultural big bang”
Dr. Dennis Wilson

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 2.120 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

Mesopotamia, the area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers (in modern day Iraq), is often referred to as the cradle of civilization because it is the first place where complex urban centers grew. This rapid ‘explosion’ of complexity does not fit with a gradual evolutionary explanation. Instead, special creation offers a description with greater explanatory power.  In addition, this presentation will show that archeological evidence is consistent with accounts found in scripture.

The philosophy of science, part 2

Please join us next week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 3 of the Philosophy Module.

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The philosophy of science, part 2
Dr. Robb Wilson

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 4.114 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

What is Science?

For much of the last century, Science has held a pre-eminent place of authority to many people around the globe, a place once held by religious leaders. This is no accident. Many scientists claim that Science has replaced religion as the source of ultimate truth about our world.

Thus, it is worthwhile to examine this claim. What is science? How did it get here? What assumptions does it make? Is it worldview neutral as many claim? What is the nature of scientific proof? What kinds of proof exist and how do we determine which is the correct kind?

As a professional scientist and science educator, I have seen first hand that we do NOT teach this to our students, except in optional electives that are not advertised well. Therefore, we have generations of scientists growing up with unclear understandings of the philosophy and history of their own field, and it is affecting the quality of the scientific endeavor.

Note: Dr. Wilson presented part 1 of this lecture last week.

See here for Dr. Wilson’s slideshow and notes.

The philosophy of science, part 1

Please join us next week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 2 of the Philosophy Module.

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The philosophy of science, part 1
Dr. Robb Wilson

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 4.114 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

What is Science?

For much of the last century, Science has held a pre-eminent place of authority to many people around the globe, a place once held by religious leaders. This is no accident. Many scientists claim that Science has replaced religion as the source of ultimate truth about our world.

Thus, it is worthwhile to examine this claim. What is science? How did it get here? What assumptions does it make? Is it worldview neutral as many claim? What is the nature of scientific proof? What kinds of proof exist and how do we determine which is the correct kind?

As a professional scientist and science educator, I have seen first hand that we do NOT teach this to our students, except in optional electives that are not advertised well. Therefore, we have generations of scientists growing up with unclear understandings of the philosophy and history of their own field, and it is affecting the quality of the scientific endeavor.

Note: Dr. Wilson will present this lecture in two parts over the next two weeks.

Click here and here for Dr. Wilson’s lecture notes.

A critical examination of worldviews

Please join us next week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 1 of the Philosophy Module.

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A critical examination of worldviews
John Weber

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 4.114 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

Everyone has a set of beliefs and values that form a framework and set of “lenses” through which the data of life and the world around us is assessed.  Our task is to determine what is true and to live in step with that truth.

The Christian Worldview is the one worldview that rings the truest with the known facts of science and life.  This class will focus on the latest in this area and review summary “take-aways” that will help Christians defend the faith.

The fine-tuning of the universe for life

Please join us next week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 9 of the Science Module. Please note the room change below. We’re now meeting in Room 4.114.

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“The fine-tuning of the universe for life”
Dr. Sarah Salviander

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 4.114 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

Atheists often promote the idea that the universe, the Earth, and human beings are not unique or special in any way, but are ordinary, meaningless natural byproducts of indifferent forces of nature. This is sometimes referred to as the principle of mediocrity.

The best refutation of the principle of mediocrity is the extraordinary amount of fine-tuning of the laws and parameters of the universe that gave rise to human life. In other words, the universe is exactly the way it needs to be for you to be here, but the odds against that happening are staggering. The three explanations for this degree of fine-tuning are: chance, necessity, or design.

In this lecture, I’ll describe the laws and parameters of the universe that are finely tuned for human life and show that design is the best explanation for them.